Bluebird Designs offers custom, recycled and bridal jewelry in Truckee | SierraSun.com

Bluebird Designs offers custom, recycled and bridal jewelry in Truckee

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Have you ever wondered what your mis-matched silver spoons or metal wall hangings will take at the dump? Or have Truckee metalsmith Jessica Hall resurrect them into a stunning piece of hand-crafted jewelry. and#8220;Itand#8217;s not only important for me to use recycled and re-claimed materials in my jewelry,and#8221; said Hall. and#8220;It challenges me to take something that was previously discarded or already existing and turn in into a piece of wearable art.and#8221; Hall recently opened her studio, Bluebird Designs, at 10059 Palisades Drive, Ste. 3, Truckee offers eco-friendly quick gifts, custom jewelry consultations, and jewelry repair.

As a certified jewelry technician with a credentialed background in metalsmithing from Seattle, Honolulu, and San Francisco, Hall uses utmost precision in her pieces. Her desire to make things beautifully perfect and unique is fueled by her life-long passion of jewelry making. and#8220;I started making jewelry sometime around age 5 which included collecting beads and usable objects even back then,and#8221; Hall said. and#8220;At the age of 12 I went on a road trip from Florida to Alaska where I collected anything and everything I could to make jewelry.and#8221;

In 2004 Jessica pursued her dream by attending a metalsmithing course at North Seattle Community College. The skills she gained there eventually lead to her creating a nationwide jewelry company. Unsatisfied with the monotony of re-producing wholesale pieces, she decided to further her skills as a jeweler.

Jessica attended classes at the Honolulu Academy of Art and then returned to California to complete the Jewelry Technician Program at Revere Academy in San Francisco. and#8220;I wanted to provide a full service jewelry option for community members,and#8221; she said.

Located in Truckee just a 1/4 mile from historic downtown, Bluebird Designs offers a wide variety of Jessicaand#8217;s earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Jessica offers her pieces in a variety of recycled and precious metals and selects fair-trade gemstones.

Bluebird Designs offers something for everyone, including custom wedding rings to graduation gifts, to everyday earrings and her signature enameled bluebird necklace. Wedding rings require a two-month timeline, while small earrings and necklaces may take a few hours to days.

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Additionally, Jessica offers jewelry repair and cleaning through Bluebird Designs. She is offering a free jewelry cleaning per new visitor. Her studio hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., by appointment at 775-338-3880 or e-mail jessica@bluebirddesigns.com.

In addition to new studio hours, Hall will also show her work at Truckee Thursdays June 16, 23, 30 and July 7. Or visit during ARTour July 8-10 and 15-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to http://www.bluebirddesigns.com.

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